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Monumentality and the Roman Empire : architecture in the Antonine age

Edmund Thomas.
  • Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2007.
  • xxvi, 378 pages : illustrations maps ; 29 cm.
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    NA310.T46 2007 QUARTO c. 1
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  • "The quality of 'monumentality' is attributed to the buildings of few historical epochs or cultures more frequently or consistently than to those of the Roman Empire. It is this quality that has helped to make them enduring models for builders of later periods, for whom the idea of monumentality continues to be a goal. This extensively illustrated book, the first full-length study of the concept of monumentality in Classical Antiquity, asks what it is that the notion encompasses and how significant it was for the Romans themselves in moulding their individual or collective aspirations and identities. Although no single word existed in antiquity for the qualities that modern authors regard as making up that term, its Latin derivation - from monumentum, 'a monument' - attests plainly to the presence of the concept in the mentalities of ancient Romans, and the development of that notion through the Roman era laid the foundation for the classical ideal of monumentality, which reached a height in early modern Europe. The book is also the first full-length study of architecture in the Antonine age - the reigns of Antoninus Pius (138-161), Marcus Aurelius (161-180), and Commodus (180-192). This period has been regarded since Gibbon as the height of the Roman Empire, and the 'monumental' qualities of its buildings, which include many of the Empire's most famous structures, have reinforced that impression. By exploring the public architecture of Roman Italy and both Western and Eastern provinces of the Roman Empire from the point of view of the benefactors who funded such buildings, the architects who designed them, and the public who used and experienced them, Edmond Thomas analyses the reasons why Roman builders sought to construct monumental buildings and uncovers the close link between architectural monumentality and the identity and ideology of the Roman Empire itself."--BOOK JACKET.
  • Monumental form
  • Principles of monumental form in antiquity
  • The contribution of Antoninus Pius
  • The symbolic significance of architectural form
  • Patrons and the monumentality of architecture
  • Creating form: architects in the Antonine age
  • Monuments of city and empire
  • Buildings, politics, and the monumentality of Antonine cities
  • The cities and the emperor
  • Imperial architecture
  • Monuments and memory
  • Preserving the monuments of the past
  • Building the monuments of the future
  • Responses to monuments
  • Experiencing and responding to architecture
  • The architectural descriptions of Lucian of Samosata
  • Maps
  • The Roman empire (western provinces)
  • The Roman empire (central and eastern provinces)
  • Roman Italy
  • The 'restoration of Italy' by Antoninus Pius
  • Roman Asia Minor
  • Roman Africa.
Other information
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 9780199288632 (hbk.)
  • 0199288631 (hbk.)
Identifying numbers
  • LCCN: 2008297215
  • OCLC: 71346797
  • OCLC: 71346797